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Could a Cone Beam Improve Your Chances of Successful Dental Implants?
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Dr. Simon Choyee
When most people go in for implants, they expect to have X-rays or other scans taken of their mouth. Traditionally, these scans were used to determine where to place the titanium posts for dental implants. Today, though, we have new technology that can help improve finding the correct locations for posts: the CBCT, or Cone Beam CT Scan. A 3D Verses 2D Image The biggest difference between traditional images and a cone beam CT is that the CBCT is a 3D scan. That means it includes depth to it. We can actually create a fully 3D model of your mouth, zoom in on certain areas, rotate the image as needed, and gather very precise data. We know exactly where the posts for your dental implants need to go, so there's nothing unexpected during the procedure. With these precise measurements and dimensions, we're able to prepare for abnormalities, avoid nerves and blood vessels, and make the entire procedure more effective and efficient. By removing as much guesswork as possible, your dental implant surgery is much more likely to be successful. Are There any Risks? There are absolutely no risks to a CBCT. In fact, this type of scan actually exposes you by about 70% less radiation than other types of scans or X-rays. All you have to do is sit down and let us arrange the cone beam scanner. We'll ask you to sit very still as we take the scan, but that's all you have to do. There's no pain or invasive procedure. While traditional 2D images have been used to place dental implants for years, this new technology allows us to fine-tune the process and make it better. If you're considering dental implants, please call and talk to us about the procedure and how we're using cutting-edge technology to improve it....

Complications That Can Come from Untreated Abscesses
Posted on 11/20/2018 by Dr. Simon Choyee
When a person has tooth pain, they often ignore it. They hope that it is temporary and will go away. The problem is that there are times when the pain does go away. That does not mean that the problem causing the pain is gone. It could just mean that the problem is getting worse. Over time the pain in the tooth can lead to an infection and tat infection can lead to an abscess. When a person ignores that they are opening themselves up to a series of complications that they may not expect. What is an Abscess? If you tell a person they have a cavity, they may know that means they have a hole in their tooth and they need a filling. If you tell them they have an abscess, they may not completely understand what that means and how to treat it. A cavity is the result of bacteria eating a hole in the tooth. An abscess forms when pus fills the cavity in the tooth and gums. The treatment for a dental abscess is typically draining the abscess and a root canal procedure. Extraction and antibiotics may also be a part of the treatment. Many people are afraid of the treatment and avoid it. Complications Not getting treatment for an abscess can lead to a variety of complications. These can include: Besides these problems, the infection can spread to other parts of the body and can lead to serious health issues including death. Many people have ended up in the emergency room because of an untreated dental abscess. Contact our office immediately if you suspect you have a dental abscess. Schedule an appointment as soon as possible before the problem gets worse....

Can Tooth Pain Stem from Sinus Issues?
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Dr. Simon Choyee
Having a sinus infection is bad enough because it makes you feel congested and miserable. Unfortunately, people who suffer from sinus infections due to colds or seasonal allergies could also have other symptoms, including tooth pain. What is The Sinus Cavity? If you think about it, everything in your mouth is closely linked to the rest of your head and skull. The sinuses are empty pockets lined with a thin mucous membrane. Their purpose is to moderate the outside air temperature before it spreads into your lungs. When you have an infection, this membrane can become inflamed and congested, which can result in a blocked nasal passage. The build-up of bacteria increases the congestion because it has nowhere to go if the infection is not treated. Why Sinus Infections Cause Toothaches? The sinus floor is located right over the upper jaw which contains the roots and nerves of your upper teeth. When pressure builds up from sinus inflammation, you will sometimes feel it like a toothache, particularly the upper back molars, which are closer to the maxillary sinuses. You can have these painful symptoms even if your teeth are healthy. However, it is vital to determine if your tooth hurts because of a sinus infection and not another more serious problem, such as an abscessed tooth, which could be life-threatening if not treated promptly. Take the Test There is an easy way to test whether your toothache is related to a sinus infection. If the pain gets worse when bending over, it's most likely due to your sinuses. Tooth pain can also increase if the pressure rises, mainly if you fly on an airplane. Another way to determine if your toothache is related to your sinuses is to monitor the pain. Tooth pain from a sinus infection is described as dull by people who are affected by it. If your toothache doesn't improve when the sinus infection is gone, call us immediately....

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